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Drain Cover Standard Update Nearing Completion

04.29.2017

Pool and Spa News | By Rebecca Robledo | December 2016

After several years of working involving the CPSC, the standard will contain language seeking to clarify testing and installation requirements. It’s been a while coming, but the standard that all drain covers must meet in the U.S. has been updated and will be released for public comment shortly. With this new version, the writers seek to more specifically outline testing procedures…

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Preventing Shock in Swimming Pools

04.29.2017

Pool and Spa News | By Rebecca Robledo | November 2015

It wasn't a high-voltage light that killed a Florida child. Electrical professionals don't think they're the problem, but point to various poor practices that can place swimmers at risk. One issue should be put to rest immediately, lest it cause distraction: It was not a high-voltage light that caused the death of Chris Sloan’s son. Nor does the father make that claim. On April 13,…

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Understanding ORP and PPM

04.29.2017

Pool and Spa News | By Lance Fitzsimmons | March 2017

To benefit from these measurements, professionals first must understand how they work, their strengths and limitations. Despite the fact that swimming pool ORP/pH controllers are commonplace on commercial swimming pools, users do not often fully understand how ORP works. ORP is a qualitative measurement that is constantly changing, especially outdoors. This is primarily due to varying c…

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What to Know About Cyanuric Acid

04.29.2017

Pool and Spa News | By Nick Rancis | May 2016

Let’s take the confusion out of this water treatment product once and for all. A common household name, cyanuric acid now is in the toolbox of most residential and commercial service professionals who maintain outdoor pools. Since its invention in 1829, CYA has been revered as invaluable and essential to keeping chlorinated pools clean and sanitary. At the same time, scientists and…

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When Will Pool Heaters Qualify for Utility Rebates?

04.29.2017

Pool and Spa News | By Nate Traylor | March 2017

Today's pool heaters are more efficient than ever. Could they receive the same incentives that variable-speed pumps currently enjoy? In 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy handed down a do-or-die policy that shook up the HVAC industry: Gas-fired heaters of all types would have to meet a thermal performance efficiency of 82%. This requirement, the agency figured, would save approximately…

Why Swimming Is So Good For You

04.29.2017

Time | Markham Heid | March 2017

Every type of exercise has its selling points. But swimming is unlike any other aerobic workout in a few important ways. First, the fact that you’re submerged in water means your bones and muscles are somewhat unshackled from the constraints of gravity, says Hirofumi Tanaka, a professor of kinesiology and director of the Cardiovascular Aging Research Lab at the University of Texas. …

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CDC Issues New Model Aquatic Health Code

09.12.2016

Aquatics International | By Rebecca Robledo | August 2016

The second edition of the Model Aquatic Health Code has been released, marking changes from minor to substantial, and raising at least one major question that will be explored for the next revision. This marks the first revision of the landmark federal model code for commercial aquatics facilities. For this code, a committee called the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAH…

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Emergency Pool Phone Legislation Moves Forward

09.12.2016

Aquatics International | Dana Robinson | August 2016

Two Massachusetts citizens are advocating legislation to require no-dial emergency phones near hotel and motel pools. Vivian Wicks, who lost her long-time partner and the father of her children in 2010 from "complications of a near-drowning," has been working in conjunction with Peter Ainsworth, the family’s attorney. Charlie Perkins was swimming with three of his children, all…

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Lessons from Rio: Five Things the Aquatics Industry Can Learn from the Olympics

09.12.2016

Aquatics International | By Nate Traylor | August 2016

For better or worse, the Summer Olympics in Rio had the whole world talking about aquatics. Certainly, the quadrennial sporting event offered a number of teachable moments for the industry. But it wasn’t all bad. There were some truly inspirational highlights that defined competitive swimming as one of the most thrilling spectator sports of them all. Here, aquatics pros weigh i…

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Creating an OSHA Compliant Exposure Control Plan

09.07.2016

Word Waterpark Magazine | Larry Newell | September 2016

THE PURPOSE of OSHA’S 29 CFR 1910.1030 Standard, commonly referred to as the blood borne pathogens (BBP) standard, is to protect employees who work in occupations where they are at risk of exposure from contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials, including bodily fluids such as vomit or perspiration. This standard requires employers to develop a written plan that ex…

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